Top 10 Cheapest Universities In Nigeria (With school fees price)

Cheapest Universities In Nigeria To Attend In Nigeria

The Education system in Nigeria is getting more expensive by the day, with the growing interests of individuals and organizations in the educational sector and the rapid decline in the state of Nigeria’s economy, the cost of education in the country may continue to skyrocket.

The cost of universities in Nigeria is skyrocketing because it is, or referred to as a third-level, third-stage, or postsecondary education.

Are you an Undergraduate?  You want a BSC but scared you can’t afford it? Don’t worry; I got you covered.

Despite the high and scary prices of Universities in Nigeria, we worked hard to fetch you the top 10 cheapest universities that won’t tear your pocket, which is also a high standard university.


Top 10 Cheapest Universities In Nigeria 

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

University of Ibadan (U.I.)

Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB)

Bayero University, Kano (BUK)

University of Calabar (UNICAL)

University of Abuja, Gwagwalada (UNIABUJA)

Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto (UDUSOK)

National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos (UNILAG)

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OOU)


Cheapest Universities In Nigeria And Their School Fees Prices

As listed above, those are the cheapest universities in Nigeria; below. We will list down their school fees price range and also so few tips about these universities.


1) Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

  • School Fees Range: ₦14,000 – ₦45,000


Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), which was previously called “The University of Northern Nigeria”, is one of the oldest and most prominent Universities in Nigeria.

Apart from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) being the cheapest University to attend, this University uses two campuses, which are: Samaru campus, which is the main campus, and Kongo campus in Zaria.

Ahmadu Bello University also runs a pre-degree program and has its building, which is located in Funtua, few kilometers away from the main campus.

The Samaru campus is home to the administrative offices and faculties of the following; sciences, social sciences, arts and languages, education, environmental design, engineering, medical sciences, agricultural sciences, and research facilities.

While, the Kongo campus hosts the faculties of Law and Administration:- such as Accounting, Business Administration, Local Government, and Development Studies and Public Administration Departments.


2) University of Ibadan (UI)

  • School Fees Range: ₦16,000 – ₦39,000


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The University of Ibadan is the second on this list, are you surprised? No, you shouldn’t be.

I know you must have heard about the almighty U.I., and yes, it is the second cheapest University in Nigeria.

The University of Ibadan(U.I.) is the oldest and one of the most prestigious universities in Nigeria. It is situated five miles (8 kilometers) from the center of the major city of Ibadan, in Western Nigeria.

It has maintained its status as the first and arguably one of the best universities in Nigeria to date.

Close to the College of Medicine, there are eleven other faculties as follows: Arts, Science, Agriculture and Forestry, Social Sciences, Education, Veterinary Medicine, Technology, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Dentistry.


3) Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB)

  • School Fees Range: ₦18,000 – ₦42,000


FUNAAB, which is located in Abeokuta, Ogun State, is the first Agricultural University in Nigeria.

FUNAAB was formed through the demerged of four universities of technology in 1984, which lead to the formation of the first two universities of agriculture in Abeokuta and Makurdi.

There are only three (3) University of Agriculture in Nigeria which are;

  • University of Agriculture Makurdi(UNIAGRIC), 
  • Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike(MOUAU)


4) Bayero University, Kano (BUK)

  • School Fees Range: ₦24,000 – ₦60,000


Bayero University, which was formerly “Bayero University College,” was upgraded from university college to University.

Bayero University which is located in Kano in the northern part of the country is also among the cheapest universities to attend in Nigeria, with research centers like;

Center for Dryland Agriculture,
Center for Biotechnology Research,
Center for Renewable Energy,
Center for the Study of Nigerian Languages

And Faculties like;


Arts and Islamic Studies






Earth and Environmental Studies


Social Management Science.

Computer Science & Information Technology (I.T.).

All these attributes made Bayero University a great school despite its being among the cheapest universities in Nigeria.


5) University of Calabar (UNICAL)

  •  School Fees Range: ₦31,000 – ₦43,000


The University of Calabar is also a top-rated University with cheap and affordable school fees.

Wow! Right? Yes, you can attend UNICAL without having to tear your pocket. I know you will be amazed at how a famous University like UNICAL is so affordable, but that was my reason for writing this to bring it to your notice.

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UNICAL, in which its architecture was designed by John Elliott, in Calabar, Cross River State, located in the southeastern part of the country.


6) University of Abuja, Gwagwalada (UNIABUJA)

  • School Fees Range: ₦39,000 – ₦43,000


Wow!, so I can go to UNIABUJA without having to pay millions as my school fees?

Yes, you can UNIABUJA is the sixth cheapest University in Nigeria.

UniAbuja is situated in one of the most sophisticated cities in Nigeria, Abuja, which is the home to Nigerian billionaires, this alone could have made UNIABUJA the most expensive University, but it is directly the opposite.

The school has earned special praise for its Faculty of Law, boasting of one of the most organized Student Representative Councils (LAWSAN)  in the country.

UNIABUJA was established as a dual-mode university with the mandate to run conventional and distance learning programs.


7) Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto (UDUSOK)

  • School Fees Range: ₦24,000 – ₦54,000


Usman Danfodio University, which was founded in the year 1975 as the University of Sokoto but was later named after the Sokoto legend, “Usman Dan Fodio”, who is the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate.

The main campus hosts administrative offices, sciences, social sciences, agriculture, arts and languages, education, and research facilities.

While the city campus plays host to the college of health sciences and school of veterinary medicine, then a third site is home to the modern university teaching hospital.

The fourth site was built by the school management under Alh. Attahiru Bafarawa’s last administration Bafarawa of Sokoto State.


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8) National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

  • School Fees Range: ₦18,000 – ₦36,000


The National Open University was initially established on 22 July 1983 as a springboard for open and distance learning in Nigeria. It was suspended by the government on 25 April 1984.

However, its resuscitation was begun on 12 April 2001 by the former President of Nigeria, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo. Wikipedia

Noun has proven to be the largest tertiary institution in Nigeria in terms of student numbers.

NOUN happens to be Nigeria’s first Federal Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institution, just like online schooling, offering more than 53 programs and 750 courses.

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If you are a businessman/ woman that needs a BSC, I think this school will be an excellent choice for you.


9) University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos (UNILAG)

  • School Fees Range: ₦19,000 – ₦64,000


You will be expecting UNILAG  school fees to be very high because it is situated at the heart of the most popular city in West Africa. Still, I hate to burst your bubbles; it is the opposite UNILAG is among the top 10 cheapest universities in Nigeria.

According to ranking, UNILAG is the best University in Nigeria and has maintained its top educational standard for the past three consecutive years.


10) Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OOU)

  • School Fees Range: ₦30,000 – ₦65,000


Obafemi Awolowo University, which happens to be the 4th best University in Nigeria, is on the top 10 cheapest university lists.

OOU was Established in 1962 and is being named after Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo, who was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a crucial role in Nigeria’s independence movement, the First and Second Republics, and the Civil War.

OOU is among the most rated in the nation due to its outstandingly incredible academic standard and producing prominent and successful alumni.

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